Brand-new Research on First-Year College Students’ Strengths Awareness and Benefits

First-Year College Students’ Strengths Awareness and Perceived Leadership Development from University of Minnesota was just published in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice and offers significant support for the benefits of strengths work for college students. The study offered all first-year college students the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and strengths-related programming and found that strengths awareness explained the students’ perceived leadership development. Due to the associations between their strengths awareness and leadership development, the authors encourage utilizing strengths assessments with college students to “awaken students to their natural talents and abilities, engage students in their collegiate experiences, and enable students to thrive and flourish in their academic pursuits.”